It's hard to believe it has been nearly 13 years since Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen took on the iconic roles of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Both stars did Jane Austen's timeless characters justice in the Joe Wright-directed version, which was released in 2005.
However, Keira revealed that she almos lost out on the role to another famous actress. "He had actually cast someone else in role. Pirates of the Caribbean had come out, and though I was financially a better prospect, he was seeing a lot of press shots where I looked incredibly glamorous and he thought, 'That isn’t Elizabeth Bennett,'" she told Backstage in 2012. "We had a meeting, and it actually didn’t go very well. But I think the producers really wanted me for the film so they convinced him to meet me again in London. I turned up in my normal clothes, and I’m really very scruffy. And he could see me in the part then. It was like, “Oh, you look like s--t. Well done.'"
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Today, fans are still obsessed with the Focus Features film — and take to social media to share their love for the movie. "If your body does not convulse every time Matthew Mcfadyen looks at Keira Knightly in Pride and Prejudice don't talk to me. WE ARE NOT WORTHY," one fan tweeted before another added, "I watch Pride and Prejudice movie almost annually, I'm getting the urge to watch it this year since I didn't last year. I love Keira and Matthew so much as Elizabeth and Darcy, dreamy sigh." Same, girl. Same.
Luckily for us, you can stream the movie on Netflix right now. Click through the gallery below to see Keira, Matthew, and the rest of the Pride and Prejudice cast today!